Momma Told Me: It would be nice if cosmetics could actually make your skin healthier; instead of simply covering up the flaws, actually fixing them.
I love color. I was one of those little girls who would try to 'dye' Barbie's hair with fruit juice and markers, or doodle elaborate faux tattoos out of boredom in class. Perhaps it was the creative gene I inherited from Momma, or purely a method of escape from a reality I found far too rigid and dull. Interestingly enough I had little interest in shadow or blush, when I finally became of age to wear them. The entire concept of cosmetics, for beauty, was overwhelming to me. Momma hadn't been the sort to sit me down and discuss the season's latest trends, while braiding my hair, and swapping makeup techniques. And, while I loved to make everything and everyone else colorful, I was too introverted to express myself on my own canvas. In high school I was afraid wayward eyeliner or excessive rouge could damage my already fragile social status, and my skin rebelled enough, without being caked in a myriad of chemicals and synthetics.
Today, I look forward to putting makeup on. Not as a necessity because I feel baron without it, but because I embrace the opportunity to express myself on an ever changing canvas. And while my fickle skin has cooled considerably since school, I've still inherited Momma's sensitive pores. While I'd love to say I can spend $20 on a palette of 200 shades, and get away with actually using it- the occasions where that is true are few and far between. Luckily, since switching to an all mineral cosmetic line-up, my complexion's been much more stable. The unfortunate thing about mineral based cosmetics if that it often requires 'brand shopping'. While I love the ease of wear for one company's foundation, they may have a limited, or non existent, selection of shadows or blush. Many companies are also branching out to include mineral cosmetics, which serves to further saturate the market with ubiquitous claims that serve no purpose other than to confuse the consumer with a smoke and mirror effect.
My suggestion, facing this, is to invest in a Starter Kit of Mineral Cosmetics. This option is budget friendly, and enables you to sample a variety of products to cherry pick what works best for you, and establish a brand loyalty. It's my general opinion that brands which specialize in Mineral Based Cosmetics alone are more likely to have a better grasp of formulations and execution, though you will occasionally find a hidden gem amongst an unlikely source. One thing is for certain, though; mineral cosmetics are usually lumped at the top of the price point chain. A few years back, I believe it was on some form of late night programming, I was introduced to PUR Minerals. The rambling infomercial was one of the first promoting mineral cosmetics, and I was quite the mineral virgin. It was partially due to this programming that I established a general belief that mineral cosmetics could not only flawlessly cover, but repair and protect the skin. And that is where a correction needs to be made. Beware imitations, PUR Minerals is the original, and only, brand that harneses powerhouse ingredients, such as Ceretin Complex and Waltheria Extract to work behind the scenes to correct, prevent and interrupt your skin concerns–from lines and discoloration to blemishes and more!
It wasn't long after that night that I received a PUR Minerals Starter Kit as a gift from a thoughtful relative. The compacts seemed miniscule, and I was skeptical of a product that promised to make my skin more beautiful immediately, and continue to work on it's health during wear. As it turns out their Original 4-In-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation was not only free of harsh chemical dyes, alcohol, fragrances, or preserves, but went on so light it was hard to tell I was even wearing makeup! It was also incredibly clean in application, and the brand's 'Dip, Draw, Dust' practice is one I still use today. Both PUR Minerals Primers and Powders feature vitamin enriched formulas and powerful age defying compounds that nourish the skin, in addition to aid a complete beauty finish. In clinical studies and trials over 89% of women surveyed said they experienced noticeable improvement in skin clarity, and 95% reported a decrease in the visibility of fine lines upon using PUR Minerals for a period of 8 weeks.
Thanks to our connection with Rafflecopter, our wonderful giveaway engine, we had a chance to receive the (yet to hit shelves) NEW 5 Piece Beauty-To-Go Collection! Soon to replace the brand's Start Now Collection, this kit carries a retail value near $70, and will emerge with an introductory price of $37. As a prior PUR convert, and supporter of mineral based cosmetics, I highly encourage any new, or experienced, mineral users to invest in this brand's starter kit. It's rare a mineral company offers a sampler of their products at such a steep discount, and most consumers gladly pay retail value for the chance to merely try quality mineral cosmetics. This particular 5 Piece Collection includes; Correcting Primer, 4-In-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, Mineral Glow, Mascara and Chisel Brush with 10 skin tone options. The entire kit comes bundled in a gift ready box with chic pink packaging and easy to follow PUR application tips, for flawless coverage.
Interestingly I found the Mineral Makeup and Glow portions seemed more significant than my initial starter kit, years back. It's hard to get hung up on quantity, when the formula wears and covers so smooth, but you can expect .15oz of product. The sleek silver toned compacts are plastic, with clear viewing windows. I would have preferred to find a mirror on the inside, but understand the cut when marketing such high end cosmetics at a starter discount. A big plus here is the inclusion of SPF-15 protection! PUR's Chisel Brush is a must have, for application, and very versatile. The easy to grip, wide base, enables angled application and easy jawline navigation. It's also precisely the perfect width for my T-Zone, making highlights a breeze. PUR's Correcting Primer is a slick, quick absorbing, formulation that I feel enhances the overall impact of their Foundation and Glow. Without it the impact seems less dimensional, and I believe pre-powder application should always be followed with a proper barrier for continued pore health.
In general, the mascara tends to stick out as the weak link here. It doesn't quite fit in with the other products, and is lacking my familiar angled brush. The benefit, though, is that it's ultra-compact for stashing in a pocket, or purse for emergency touch-ups. In all, I have a very fair complexion, and struggle often with various 'glow' products. They either make me look orange, or burnt. PUR Minerals wears very light, and layers beautifully, for a natural look that highlights physical features and beauty, more than covering it up. The result is a soft finish that's extremely feminine and touch worthy. I've trusted the brand with my foundation for years and am happy to report their product and efforts have not changed. The Start Now, 5 Piece Beauty-To-Go Collection is a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, or affordable treat to one's self.
What Daughter Says: Discover Mineral Makeup that can actually work to repair your skin, while providing flawless coverage. Give PUR Minerals a test drive with one of their affordable Starter Kits.